Are you finding that your home, which was once more than big enough, suddenly feels so small due to the amount of people and belongings that are now in? Whether you have had children, or just doubled your shoe collection, you somehow need to find space for it all!
Financially, finding this space can be difficult – because building an extension or even moving to a bigger house is far from cheap. But don’t worry, because there are actually easy ways to create space in the home you already have without having to spend your life savings!
1. Have a clear out
The first thing you need to do to make space in your home is have a clear out. You will be surprised how much space the items you don’t really need are taking up. You need to be ruthless – if you don’t use or didn’t even remember that you had it, then you don’t need it!
Create three piles; the first is for the rubbish that doesn’t belong anywhere other than the bin, the second is for those items that you don’t want anymore but are still in quite good condition. These you can donate to charity and the final pile is for the larger items that you can sell.
You are doing a good deed, earning yourself some pennies that can be put back in to the home and all while creating some much needed space.
2. Storage in the home
Once you have cleared space you need to make the most of storage in the home. Think shelving, drawers, hooks – anything that will give items a home and therefore keep the space tidy and organised because it is the clutter building up that will make your house suddenly feel small again.
3. Storage outside of the home
While you are looking for storage within the home you may also want to consider storage outside of the home for those larger items that you don’t want to get rid of but also don’t need right now. Self-storage can be found in a variety of locations and is the perfect way to remove a large amount in one go.
4. Make the most of dead space
Look around your home and you will find space in the most unlikely of places. There has probably been space right under your nose the whole time, but you just haven’t considered using it. Can’t see any? Well, what about that gap between the top of the door and the ceiling, for example – this is the perfect spot for a shelf!
In the bathroom, this space could be used for storing clean towels. There is plenty of ‘dead space’ around the home that’s being wasted, you just need to find it and work out how best to use it.
5. Multi-functional furniture
This is a great way to make the most of your space because, while you can’t get around having these items in your home and they do take up a lot of space, the right furniture can actually help to create space at the same time. A prime example is an Ottoman bed that opens up to reveal room for anything from shoes to clean bedding – or a bunk bed, where the bottom bunk is switched for a desk and maybe even a seating area as well.
6. Create the illusion of more space
You could also simply create the illusion of space! This is done via the colour palette of the room, the clever use of mirrors and glass, and by choosing the right furniture. Check out this article for some inspiration you can incorporate into your home.